Exmoor’s Precious Woodlands

326-11-48-autumn-beech-3716There are over 9,000 ha of woodlands to be explored on Exmoor (of which Exmoor National Park owns or leases 569 hectares, with the National Trust, the Crown Estate and the Forestry Commission managing much of the rest). The woodlands are scattered across the park, often in deep valleys or along the steep coastal cliffs; many are accessible on public rights of way and include some of the long distance walking routes, such as the Coleridge Way.

Exmoor National Park has a long-term, landscape-scale approach to conservation and access. Each of our woodlands is subject to a management plan, setting out how we can improve the diversity, extent and condition of our most important and valued habitats. This article focuses on our latest work, and introduces the partnerships and initiatives that support these special places.

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Remember the Burbot?

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This article has been contributed by Phil Carey on behalf of Exmoor Rivers and Streams Group (ERaSG), the co-ordinating body for the riparian owner associations; the group, works to promote the wellbeing of Exmoor’s rivers in general. Phil’s article focuses on the salmon, an iconic Exmoor species which is an important indicator of the health of our rivers.

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The Coleridge Way Walk

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The Coleridge Way was launched in 2005 (and extended in 2014) to create a 51 mile path across farmland, ancient woodland and moorland. Starting at Nether Stowey in Somerset and finishing at Lynmouth in Devon, the route follows in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, crossing the Quantock hills and Exmoor National Park.

Back in the summer of 2016, 12 year old Kellen Lincoln walked the whole of the Coleridge Way and documented his journey through poetry. We are delighted to be able to share his words and pictures as an inspiration to us all!

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More than a bump on the skyline

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Photo credit Catherine Dove (ENPA)

This week’s post looks at something we probably don’t look at closely enough! Ever wondered what those bumps and mounds were that are found all over Exmoor? Here we delve into cairns and barrows – and there are more of them around than you would think (making Exmoor one of the best places in England to explore them!). Continue reading

2016 Review – December

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Sunrise over Withypool Common & Brightworthy Hill (Photo credit: Andrew Wheatley)

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

December brought more project funding success, plus we were getting into the festive mood in Dunster and Lynmouth.

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2016 Review – November

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Castle Bridge, Danes Brook (Photo credit: Andrew Wheatley)

“On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

November saw all Exmoor weathers across the month, plus a visit by an award-winning actress, the launch of our Poetry Book and the success of our Winter Dormouse Appeal.

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2016 Review – October

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Dunster Castle in Exmoor’s Dark Skies Reserve (Photo credit: Jonathan Blackham)

“On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

During October we ranged from a light-hearted celebration of our creation, via a delve into Exmoor Society archives to a vital project to provide affordable housing on Exmoor.

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2016 Review – September

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The Punchbowl, near Winsford (Photo credit: Andrew Wheatley)

“On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

September saw Tarr Steps go global; our annual Hedge laying competition winners; the re-opening of a new bridleway and the celebration for the Two Moors Way.

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2016 Review – August

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Exmoor Forest stags in velvet at Cornham Brake (Photo credit: Nigel Stone)

“On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….”. We’re following the Twelve Days of Christmas theme to look back on some of the activities, events and news items that provided an insight into life at Exmoor National Park through 2016.

August was a combination of the dramatic events across Exmoor, from a ‘rocky’ helicopter ride to Shakespeare in Valley of Rocks; plus our Access & Rights of Way teams, Rangers and Volunteers get the recognition they deserve!  Continue reading